Friday, June 28, 2019

Flora and Fauna Challenge Exhibit

It took some doing to hang 33 quilts, but the display of this year's challenge quilts is up and it is spectacular!

The display, at the Richmond Memorial Library,  is usually during the month of February. Due to renovations at the library, the Guild was rescheduled for July.

The "Flora and Fauna" theme was interpreted in many ways.

From flowers in the garden....

To  creatures of the animal kingdom...

 To legends and fantasy!
 We hope you will visit the library and enjoy the quilts up close.  Members are invited to choose their favorites to be awarded ribbons for several categories.  All visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite, if they can choose just one, to be given the "Viewer's Choice" award.

                                  If you can't get to the show, please enjoy these pictures. 
Love, by Denise Durfee

Sophie, by Kathi Everett

You Can't Buy Pokeweed at the Garden Center, by Martha Lorshbaugh

Ain't yo' Momma's Hexies No Mo' by Nancy Schrader

Kerchoo, by Donna Kaufman

Spearhawk Symphony, by Mary Ellen Caset

Henny Penny, by Laurie Kilbury Taylor

Little Sobek, by Kevin Hammon

Fern Forest, by Susan Rathbun

My Spirit Nymph Lives in the Woods, by Elaine Ross

Silent Night, by Nancy Schrader

Water Lilies, by Gloria Crittenden

Peaceful Morning, by Lori Anderson

Big Buck, by Laurie Kilbury Taylor

Flora, An old Crow, by Donna Sofokles

Piper!, by Chris Kuehl

Jack's Peacock, by Nancy Ellers

Lounging by the pond, by Alex Hammon
Leaves of Pickthorn, by Elaine Ross

Earth Day Every Day, by Cynda Watroba

The Peacock, by Cynda Watroba

Esmé, by Mary Kozub

Raven's Call, by Jennifer Grimsley

Monarch in the Glen, by Mary Lowe

Still and Always True, by Cynda Watroba

Love in Bloom, by Tracy Jachimowicz

It's all about the Whales, by Connie Grimsley

Flower Power, by Sandra Shufelt

Phoebe II, by Eileen Sorochty

Phoebe I, by Eileen Sorochty

Flight of the Monarchs, by Elaine Lemley

Tea and Honey, by Mary Lowe

Mystic Horse, by Susan Rathbun

The theme for 2020 is "Modern Solids".  Some members are already hard at work, to ensure another excellent display when we return to February next year!

Friday, June 21, 2019

And what is so rare as a day in June?*

The June meeting was a treat for all!
 First there was Show and Tell-
 Martha Lorshbaugh made this for a wedding gift.
 (Sadly, Cathy Schmeider's awesome quilting doesn't show in this picture)

 Mary Kozub brought one of the bits she made after a class with Maria Shell

 Mary bought some stamps and fabric paints at the Genesee Valley show , and had fun playing with them.

 Alex Hammon showed this painting Kevin did on fabric.  I forget what kind of bird it is.

 Liz Wagner showed off this wedding gift- for the same day as the meeting- made from a kit she got at the Genesee Valley show.

 Nancy Schrader made a companion for her earlier portrait , Susan.  This one is based photos of both  on her father and father-in-law, and is titled, "Honor".

Connie Grimsley makes pillows for each student in her class every year.  (So far, she has done 148!)
Here are a few of the ones for this year's class.  Each child chose a themed fabric Connie used in their pillow.

Eileen Sorochty tried out silk fusion at a RAFA meeting, and then added thread painting, felting and a couple of other techniques to make this amazing piece!
Our guest speaker for the day was Pam Pandolfi, of Amherst. 
 Pam has had several quilts accepted into AQS shows and recently taught classes at the AQS Paducah "Quilt Week".  Using a combination of appliqué and painting, she creates amazing portraits and scenes!
 I think she said this was her dad

 Made for a QCNYS challenge- depicting seasons ans scenes in New York State.

 For a challenge Turmoil (above) and Tranquility (below)

 I missed the name of this one, which started her career as a national teacher!
You can see all of these in detail- and many more at Pam's website!

In July we'll enjoy our annual summer picnic brunch.  Bring your own table setting and a dish to pass.  There will also be a game, for those who wish to play:
 Bring a small quilt the members may not have seen lately- or ever.  We'll display them and members will be given time to guess who made each one.  Prizes for the quilts with the most correct and least correct guesses. 
Coming in October
Please share information for our National teacher, Linda M Poole.  Class sign-ups are open to anyone interested now.  Space available in both classes!
*And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. 
James Russell Lowell